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POE TO DOTR: GIVE JEEPNEY, BUS DRIVERS ‘AYUDA’

Senator Grace Poe urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to “put the pedal to the metal” and accelerate the disbursement of the P5.58-billion service contracting program. “What’s supposed to be a lifeline for jeepney and bus drivers appears to be stalled due to bureaucratic traffic,” said Poe, who […]

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PANGILINAN BACKS URBAN POOR CARE IN BAYANIHAN 3

Urban-poor groups and various homeowners’ associations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces have asked Senator Kiko Pangilinan to ensure that their welfare is protected under the proposed Bayanihan 3 now being discussed in the Senate. “Kasama ang aming organisasyon at mga homeowners’ associations sa iba’t ibang resettlement sites sa NCR at Luzon, hinihiling namin ang […]

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APAYAO FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD TO END LOCAL INSURGENCY

The ongoing construction of an 11.85-kilometer Sta. Maria-Mallig-Upper Atok farm-to-market road (FMR) in Flora, Apayao is seen to boost economic livelihood and to help resolve insurgency in the area once completed. The P195-million project is under the World Bank-supported Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) with a 10 percent counterpart fund from the provincial government of […]

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BI URGED: SUSTAIN ‘ONE-STRIKE’ VS TRAFFICKING

Senator Joel Villanueva urged the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to sustain its “one-strike” policy against immigration officers and personnel involved in the trafficking of Filipinos, especially women, to foreign countries. “It is important that this policy be sustained,” Villanueva told BI Commissioner Jaime Morente during the joint committee hearing of the Senate committees on labor […]

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HK OFWS CAN REFUSE COVID VACCINATION — VILLANUEVA

The plan of the Hong Kong government to have Filipinos working in the territory vaccinated against COVID-19 must be based on “informed choice” and should never be done under state pressure, Senator Joel Villanueva said. “Kahit naman dito sa atin, wala pong pilitan pagdating sa bakuna. Pero mariin po nating hinihimok ang lahat na magpabakuna. […]

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GATCHALIAN BACKS DIGITAL BANKING, VIRTUAL WALLETS

In pushing for equal access to financial services, Senator Win Gatchalian said such a move will boost the digitalization of financial transactions in the country. “Itinutulak sa ating bansa ang financial inclusion dahil less than 20 percent lang ng populasyon natin ang may bank account. Halos lahat talaga ay cash ang ginagamit pero sa ganitong […]

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HERD IMMUNITY IN BATAAN BY END OF 2021 – GARCIA

Bataan province is now ready for mass COVID-19 vaccination, having set up five operational centers, with 10 more centers being readied to speed up the vaccine rollout. Bataan Governor Albert Garcia said the province aims to reach herd immunity before the end of this year. “This will depend on the availability of vaccines.” However, Garcia […]

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BILL STRENGTHENING PNOC GETS HOUSE PANEL NOD

The House Committee on Energy tasked a technical working group (TWG) to fine-tune a measure that seeks to strengthen the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) to make it more responsive and flexible in terms of its exploration, exploitation, and development.   During a virtual hearing, the House panel moved to form the TWG to finalize House […]

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SAVE JOBS, BUY PINOY-MADE PPES – PANGILINAN

Senator Kiko Pangilinan reiterated his proposal for the government to buy PPEs (personal protective equipment) made by local manufacturers and other COVID-related needs and aid in the country’s overall economic recovery. “Pagkakataon ang krisis. Crisis is opportunity. Makaka-recover tayo economically, magkakaroon ng trabaho ang marami kung gagamitin natin ang gawa ng sarili nating mga kababayan,” […]

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PACQUIAO URGES US, CHINA TO DEPLOY VACCINES FASTER

Senator Manny Pacquiao held a press briefing on the letters he sent to U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese Ambassador to the PH Huang Xilian and clarified that he only wanted that COVID-19 vaccines from the United States and China be sent to the Philippines faster. It was known Pacquiao sent out a letter to […]